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eastern here on c-span2. >>> presenting thoughts on what a second term for the obama administration would look like. the author contends the president's policies would great ly reduce america's global influence. it's about a hour and ten. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. please, sit down. i'm excited and thrilled to be here with barack obama in this election year, i think we are dealing with one of the most mysterious and odd figures ever to occupy the oval office. a few days ago, i received a phone call, i didn't recognize the area code, and the phone call was actually from kenya, and i answered it, and it was actually george obama, the president's half brother. he's the youngest son of barack obama, senior. he said, i'm calling because my 2-year-old son is in the hospital with a serious chest condition, and i wondered if you could help me. i said, are you at the hospital, george? yes. hand the phone to the nurse. he did. the nurse confirmed that george's son is sick with a chest infection. i sold george i would send him a thousand dollars by western union. i said, george, suspect the
of the fairies homeland security apparatus is. if we fired every single one of them from president obama's secretary to the person who is collecting tolls at yellowstone, to the guy or woman who sitting in some nor read air defense facility in north dakota right now, if we got rid of all of them, all their wages, other benefits we would save a lot of money. $435 billion last year. that would have reduced the defit by even 40%. we would have still had almost a record deficit if we had no federal government employees whatsoever. so where does all the money go? well, the federal government in a sense takes a lot of money and send it out again. the federal government in a sense is a military with a big health and welfare and retirement fund attached to it. $2.2 trillion is the money that came into the federal government last year, when out in the form of benefits, and much of the rest went to state and local grants to state and local governments. so it is not going to be possible to reduce the federal deficit by nickel and dining federal employees. doesn't mean were not going to try but we w
. in the price of politics, "washington post" associate editor bob woodward recounts congress and the obama administration attempt to restore the u.s. economy in the last three and a half years. look for these titles in bookstores this coming weekend and watch for the authors in the near future on book tv and >>> next on book tv, ro khana secretary of commerce argues that the u.s. is and will continue to be a leader in manufacturing and innovation. it's about 45 minutes. [applause] >> thank you for that kind introduction. it is an honor to be at politics and prose, such an institution to the city and really a pleasure to be here. thank you for everyone coming out on this august evening to hear me. i will try to be brief in my comments, and i rather have more of an exchange of ideas and hear your perspective so that we can have a conversation about manufacturing and what our country should do to become competitive. the idea for the book came about when i was traveling around the country. i would go and see a successful manufacturer making lenders, making steel, making fire suits
is focused on exports. i was wondering about obama's export initiative which says exports should be doubled by 2014. >> i didn't plant this question. >> i was just wondering first of all what do we export and what are the strengths and what do you think can be done by the government or other institutions in order to promote the export so the goal can be reached? >> great question. one of the things we exports is planes. we export machinery. complex machinery. we export medical equipment. people are often shocked to learn -- you know what most people get? they guess weapons and that is not true. we are more idealistic. weapons exports are far lower than planes and machinery and complex equipment when it comes to manufacturing. what are the challenges? exports under this administration are up 32% over it the last two or three years. that is not just because of the president's leaders of the he deserves credit. it is also because we're coming out of a huge depression and some of the currency factors into it. what beacon to concrete leak in my judgment is one is education. we need to have manuf
some real serious infighting between president obama's own national security team and senior people at the state department over the whole question of, was it wise to try to broach potential piece take the taliban? and we wound up spending 18 months fighting with one another in washington as opposed to uniting in common purpose to try to achieve the president's goal in the country. >> host: who is summer koy. >> guest: she is a young american woman who -- there she is on the bottom right there -- who has extensive foreign development experience and put her hand up to go to a afghanistan to try to rebuild the country to work for the u.s. agency for international development, and the south she'd be out there, able to work with afghanses, trying to pursue projects that would be helpful to the afghan people and support the overall american strategy for trying to stabilize the country. the problem was that when she got out to kabul. she was essentially a prisoner on the giant u.s. embassy compound. she couldn't get authorization to drive out and about, in kabul. was restricted in terms o
to be. as you can imagine there's quite a disparity in height between the queen and michelle obama come and they were standing at the reception for all of the g20 leaders and they were first of all they were sort of comparing their shoes, then they turned to the ladies that were waiting standing right over there and they started to sort of demonstrate how tall she was and how short she was and they quite naturally as they were showing and demonstrating this they put their arms around each other and is long been said you shouldn't touch the queen although many people have over the years and she's become much more relaxed about. they helped and wrote, shoulder but nobody took offense except the british tabloid press who decided to make a big deal out of it. but i talk to people that buckingham palace and the said everybody was in a good mood that day, and it was kind of in the spirit of how everybody felt. so nobody took offense. anything else? okay. thank you very much for coming. [applause] >> for more information visit the authors web site, >>> up next on book tv
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